San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York took some time to answer some Twitter questions from his followers Sunday evening. From asking about details regarding the new Santa Clara stadium to questions about season tickets, York candidly responded to various questions asked by 49er fans. One of his more interesting responses came when he was asked about the personnel on the team.
"Who do you think will be the breakout player on the team this season?" asked one of York's followers.
Coming off a pair of fumbled punts in the NFC Championship game, Williams is more remembered for his struggles during the playoffs last season rather than his contributions during the regular season. With 20 receptions for 241 receiving yards and three touchdowns last season, Williams would be a decent breakout selection as a third-year pro if it weren't for the team's acquisition of depth at his position.
While it is a nice show of support by York to Williams, the wideout will not have a great opportunity to break out if everything works out for the 49ers. With Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, and Mario Manningham serving as the team's top three wide receivers and return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. serving as the team's No. 4 receiver, Williams is on the outside looking in as a backup.
If the four aforementioned wide receivers pan out and have a great season working in tandem with quarterback Alex Smith and the rest of the 49ers offense, Williams will see little to no time on the field. Factor in the addition of rookies A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James into the mix and Williams may not even be active as a backup wide receiver or return man most weeks.
If the Moss experiment goes awry or if the 49ers suffer injuries at the wide receiver position, then Williams may see a shot at contributing for the team. That being said, York's proclamation of Williams having redemption this season is either a naive point of view or simply a sign of support for a wide receiver who will probably welcome all the mental positivity he can get.
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